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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

If you spend time listening to the radio in and around NYC, you might have heard the slogan “…you go to B&H.” The restaurant I’m going to write about is not that B&H. The radio jingle refers to a giant electronic store which happens to be run and owned by a group of Hasidic Jews. It’s a pretty amazing place to go to buy headphones, speakers, cameras, or any of that.

The place I’m talking about is just as iconic to New York except much smaller and instead of microphones, you get bowls of matzo ball soup. (more…)


I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

It used to be whenever I was in the Times Square area and I was feeling under the weather, I would stop by Cafe Edison and after slurping up their matzo ball soup, I was cured. Sadly Cafe Edison has closed and I rarely find myself in Times Square. This fall I had a stuffy nose and I was in the Lower East Side and I thought maybe Russ & Daughters would have a similar healing elixir. I was right. The warming soup and hearty matzo ball are like grandmother used to make and the bits of chicken throughout fill you up while healing. I felt better immediately. Price: $8

RUSS & DAUGHTERS CAFÉ
127 Orchard Street (between Delancey and Rivington Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 475-4880
russanddaughterscafe.com

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

I’ve had all sorts of fake meat over the years. Broccoli hot dogs. Veggie burgers made from just about anything you can imagine (except meat. of course). And most recently I tried a yuba philly cheesesteak that blew my mind.

But through it all, I’ve never tasted anything that pretended to be fish. Unless you count those imitation crab sticks. So I was intrigued and a bit skeptical when I discovered that Orchard Grocer, the new trendy vegan bodega was serving lox made out of carrots.

It’s pretty ballsy to hawk a bagel with vegan cream cheese and carrot lox in the Lower East Side. Despite the changing demographics of the neighborhood, the breakfast sandwich is still associated with the historic Jewish immigrants that once lived here.

But I tell you, the masterminds behind this vegan deli would have made bubbe and zayde proud.

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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. In Locals Know, I explore a new city through the tours of Urban Adventures.

Of all the tours I lead, the one I have been giving more often than the others is the Tenements Tales and Tastes tour for Urban Adventures. It makes sense that this would be the one that people would want to take on their first visit to New York. Everyone can relate.

The tour, just like this city, is the story of the immigrants that came through to make this country what it is today. That includes customs, languages, but also food. And it’s the food that takes the focus on the newest episode of Locals Know. My guide Joe walks us through the Lower East Side from old Dutch New Amsterdam through Chinatown and Little Italy and then we end in Kleindeutschland with a German pretzel and beer.


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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

SHELSKY'S OF BROOKLYN, 141 Court Street (between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street), Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Peter Shelsky and I are kindred spirits in the fact that we are both terrible Jews, but we love the nostalgic food of our ancestors. Bagels, lox, cream cheese, pastrami. This is what being Jewish is all about.

Peter took his love for this food one step further. He opened up Shelsky’s, an appetizing store that has sprouted a deli counter. Normally in the kosher tradition you would never find deli meat and cream cheese in the same store. That’s called traif and it’s very unkosher.

But here there’s a treasure trove of traditional (yet not kosher) Jewish specialities in his little shop which moved a few years ago from its original location on Smith Street to Court Street. You can find pickles, chopped liver, and all sorts of smoked salmon and preserved fish. And while you won’t find any bacon, you will find the next best thing: salmon bacon. (more…)


My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….

HARRY & IDA'S MEAT AND SUPPLY CO,, 189 Avenue A (between East 12th and East 11th Street), East Village

Of all the iconic foods of New York that I have documented, I think corned beef and pastrami is the one that is updated the least. We are immersed in fancy bagel and hot dog shops and we all know the world of pizza keeps growing. But it’s only once in a while that somebody comes along to elevate the humble Jewish meat sandwich. (more…)


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